Oklahoma City Thunder: Praising Derek Fisher

by Berry Tramel Published: May 4, 2013

FOUL-LINE PERFECTION

The Thunder was perfect from the foul line, going 16 of 16. For the series, the Thunder made 84.8 percent of its foul shots.

“We needed every one of them,” Brooks said. “We are a good free-throw shooting team. Our guys improve. We feel like it's a very important part of the game. We work on it. It's not something that we hope to get better at. We work at it everyday. Free throws, we do it every single day, every shootaround, every practice.”

ODDS AND ENDS

Courtesy of Bovada in Las Vegas, here are the latest playoff odds (prior to Saturday's Brooklyn-Chicago game:

Win NBA Championship

Miami Heat 4/9

San Antonio Spurs 11/2

OKC Thunder 9/1

Memphis Grizzlies 14/1

New York Knicks 14/1

Indiana Pacers 25/1

Golden State Warriors 40/1

Chicago Bulls 75/1

Brooklyn Nets 75/1

Win Eastern Conference

Miami Heat 2/11

New York Knicks 6/1

Indiana Pacers 12/1

Brooklyn Nets 40/1

Chicago Bulls 40/1

Win Western Conference  

San Antonio Spurs 5/7

OKC Thunder 3/1

Memphis Grizzlies 5/1

Golden State Warriors 9/1

GETTING BENCHED 

Thunder veteran Nick Collison came off the bench, had 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds in Game 6.

The OKC bench outscored the Rockets' reserves 46-11 and held a 17-8 advantage in rebounding.

QUOTABLE

Jackson on Fisher's mental approach to the playoffs: “It's a mental battle, this game. Mentally, I haven't seen anybody prepare like him. He can tell himself that he can do things that maybe his body probably shouldn't. He's a great competitor and a great leader out there for us.”


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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